October 2nd, 2020
In this episode, Marcus Sprague of CATO sits down with a legend in law enforcement, Sid Heal, to discuss his new book Concepts of Nonlethal Force. With decades of experience in the military and law enforcement, Sid is a bit of a mad scientist and has authored several outstanding books, most notably Field Command and Sound Doctrine. He is one of the three founders of Field Command - the creators of Tactical Science - a 40 hr class that distills the principles of conflict management taught at war college into meaningful and practical applications for law enforcement. Sid is also the former president of the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) and recently retired as president from the California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO).
This podcast episode is the longest one we have recorded to date. There is a lot of content here, so hang on. Sid’s new book is a textbook for anyone who needs to understand less-lethal options, why we use them, and what their limitations are. We cover a gamut of tactical principles, including how less-lethal options effectiveness are measured and how you can successfully navigate and articulate your decisions and explain the often-graphic outcomes from those decisions.
I hope you get as much out of this one as I did.
Enjoy the show!
September 18th, 2020
How culture is a force multiplier for your tactical team and organizations.
Brent and Marcus from CATO interview Aardvark CEO Jon Becker. Jon is part philosopher, part warrior, and fully committed to excellence in his personal and professional life. He has presented his philosophy on leadership to CATO's Strategic Leadership Program and at our annual CATO Conference, and written articles on it for CATO's magazine and other publications. In this podcast, Jon discusses lessons learned from tactical legends that he applies to his business model. Specifically, what people look for in a leader, how to create the right culture for your team, and how seeking strong personalities for your team is the key to success.
Jon can be reached at: JBecker@aardvarktactical.com
September 4th, 2020
Brent and Marcus sit down with Mike Wood and discuss how history can provide understanding and hope for the challenges that law enforcement faces today. They discuss the similarities and differences between the current protests throughout our nation and those of the late 1960s. Mike is part warrior, historian, author, and philosopher. His historical perspective can provide context and hope for those of us on the line during these tumultuous times.
Mike Wood is the son of a 30-year California Highway Patrolman and the author of Newhall Shooting: A Tactical Analysis, the highly-acclaimed study of the 1970 California Highway Patrol gunfight in Newhall, California. Mike is an Honor Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, a graduate of the US Army Airborne School, and a retired US Air Force pilot with over 26 years of service. He’s a certified law enforcement firearms instructor in Handgun, Shotgun and Patrol Rifle disciplines, serves as a member of the Editorial Board at PoliceOne.com, and has written the “Tactical Analysis” column at PoliceOne.com since 2014. Mike's the Senior Editor at RevolverGuy.com, and has been a featured guest on the Excellence In Training Academy, Firearms Nation, and American Warrior Society podcasts, as well as several radio and television programs. He’s grateful for the opportunity to speak with The CATO Podcast.
August 21st, 2020
Part 2 of 2: SWAT legend and CATO plank holder RK Miller discusses the importance of independent tactical team audits, what they are and why you should be doing them. RK has been training SWAT officers for over forty years, has conducted a variety of audits, and testifies as an expert defending teams throughout the nation. He is true gentlemen, and some say he conducted the AAR when Moses conducted rural operations and waterborne exercises at the Red Sea.
July 31st, 2020
Marcus and Mitch sit down with Chris Thorp from Operation Enduring Warrior, Task Force Sentinel. In his former life Chris worked as a medical first responder and spent the majority of his life working as a deputy in the jail. Chris saw a lot of emotionally and physically wounded members of law enforcement not getting what they needed. In this episode we discuss how and why Chris dedicated his life to serving the law enforcement community and how Operation Enduring Warrior serves wounded military and law enforcement veterans. Chris's message is more important today and ever. For more information on Operation Enduring Warrior check out: https://www.enduringwarrior.org/
July 17th, 2020
Part 1 of 2: SWAT legend and CATO plank holder RK Miller discusses the importance of independent tactical team audits, what they are and why you should be doing them. RK has been training SWAT officers for over forty years, has conducted a variety of audits, and testifies as an expert defending teams throughout the nation. He is true gentlemen, and some say he conducted the AAR when Moses conducted rural operations and waterborne exercises at the Red Sea.
July 6th, 2020
Mitch Brouillette is a Sergeant in Northern California with extensive experience working with schools as a resource officer. In this episode, he will discuss a comprehensive approach to creating and implementing an active shooter program in your community. Mitch will walk us through the steps needed to create a program that meets the needs of students, law enforcement, educators, and parents.
June 18th, 2020
Alex West, a former Navy Seal, sits down with Mitch Brouillette and Toby Darby to discuss a variety of topics and how the lessons he learned serving in the Navy can translate to law enforcement. He also talks about the importance of “Making it to your next meal.” This is a great conversation that demonstrates Alex’s breadth of knowledge and humility with a practical application you can implement today.
June 5th, 2020
Oceanside California Lieutenant Travis Norton sits down with Brent Stratton and Marcus Sprague to discuss the common problems we all face during adversarial-based mass casualty incidents, and what we need to learn before it comes to our town. Travis recently completed his Master’s thesis on this topic, and he also teaches for the NTOA throughout the country and shares his experiences traveling throughout the world for the CATO After Action Review project. In this episode, Travis will also debunk some training myths and stresses the importance of principle-based decision-making based upon lessons learned from real-life events.
April 22nd, 2020
Our guest is retired USMC Colonel and LAPD Sergeant Tim Anderson. The idea of an interview with Tim quickly grew into this podcast, so it is only fitting that our first released episode contains an interview with Tim about a key component of his success as a leader in the military and law enforcement. This episode discusses the importance of placing people in the right positions and how we, as leaders, often injure our own when it was us who put the square peg in a round hole.